Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors Mattar Al Tayer has flagged off the 16th edition of Automechanika Dubai 2018, the largest automotive aftermarket trade and networking event in the Middle East and Africa’s (MEA). This time there are as many as 1,812 exhibitors from 61 countries participating in the event. Major global firms are exhibiting their products in six product groups such as Parts and Components and Electronics and Systems (1,102 exhibitors), Tyres and Batteries (221 exhibitors), Accessories and Customizing (219 exhibitors), Repair and Maintenance (200 exhibitors), and Car Wash, Care, and Reconditioning (70 exhibitors).
The event is expected to attract an audience of more than 30,000 trade buyers from 135 countries. With 23 country pavilions and a brand new Innovation Zone at the centre of the show, Automechanika Dubai 2018 arrives amid a sense of optimism in an MEA market where sales of auto parts and accessories are estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate of seven percent over the next five years.
“Research shows that the MEA auto aftermarket was valued at US$22 billion in 2017, with sales of auto parts and accessories across the region estimated to reach US$31 billion by 2022. With a fleet size of 92 million passenger and commercial vehicles, the MEA is still a key market for global and regional aftermarket players. Automechanika Dubai has over the past 15 years succeeded in bringing together leading automotive aftermarket brands to this fast-growing region, providing an important opportunity to connect with new prospects, have face to face interactions with existing customers, create brand awareness, and position themselves as reliable suppliers of premium quality aftermarket products and services,” said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Automechanika Dubai’s organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East.
The show has the presence of 36 international trade associations, while Messe Frankfurt Middle East expects more than half of the tens of thousands of trade visitors this week to come from outside of the UAE. The Truck Competence initiative returns this year, where more than 1,500 exhibitors are showcasing products dedicated to the entire value chain in the truck sector, from truck parts and accessories to workshop equipment, body repairs and care. An extended Automechanika Academy programme also offers more insights into the present and future of the MEA automotive aftermarket, spearheaded by the Innovation Zone.
The Automechanika Academy also presents the first Smart Commercial Vehicles Middle East Conference from May 2-3, 2018, where the latest developments in smart, connected, sustainable and intelligent commercial vehicles are under the spotlight.